Book Review: The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – For a Little While, by Catherynne M. Valente


In which a young girl
named Mallow leaves the country for the city, meets a number of Winds,
Cats, and handsome folk, sees something dreadful, and engages, much
against her will, in Politicks of the most muddled kind.


Catherynne M. Valente is one of my favorite authors.  This is the second book of hers that I have read and I felt much the same about this one as I did the first.  It was a delightful change from the usual formulaic plot and bland characters employed in most contemporary novels.

Mallow, Mabry, the Winds, and Fairyland are all so unique and different from anything else that it is impossible to forget this story.  I love the way nothing is impossible in Fairyland.  Cities are literally alive, the Winds ride wild Cats, and Mallow travels to the city with a charming stranger in a carriageless horse.  

Stories like Valente’s Fairyland books don’t come along very often.  She has come up with a truly original and unique fairytale that individuals of all ages can enjoy.  I really enjoy the bits of philosophical wisdom that she imparts upon her readers throughout the story.  These are my favorite quotes from the book:

“I have all the books I could need, and what more could I need than books?”

“Temptation likes best those who think they have a natural immunity, for it may laugh all the harder when they succumb.”

This book is available as an e-book from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  It is only $0.99, and is pretty short.  If you have never read anything by this author before, this would give you a nice glimpse into the way she writes.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    November 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I didn't realize she had a third book out already. I need to get on the ball! I actually didn't see a need for a second book after finishing the first because it felt like it ended perfectly but I don't mind slipping back into that crazy world of hers. I loved the first book waaay more than I thought. This should be good (:
    She’s Got Books on Her Mind

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